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Manipur’s COVID-19 deaths rise to 7 after 20-year-old girl dies

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 2 | Publish Date: 8/2/2020 1:24:56 PM IST

Manipur reported its first woman COVID-19 related fatality after a 20-year-old girl died due to the pandemic on Sunday.

The girl from Chandel district and currently residing in Imphal East district expired today due to co-morbid health conditions and COVID-19, a report of the COVID-19 Common Control Room said.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 related deaths was seven, it added. Meanwhile, with the detection of 61 new positive cases in the last 24 hours (from 6.30 pm of August 1 till 6.30 pm of August 2), the COVID-19 infection tally has risen to 2831. 

Fourteen personnel of the Central security forces were also tested positive during the same period.

The number of active and recovered cases was 1087 and 1737 respectively excluding Central security force personnel posting in the state. The recovery rate was 61.07%, it added.

In the past 24 hours, 38 persons were discharged after they recovered from the disease, the report said.

Amid soaring cases of locally transmitted cases of COVID-19, Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Y Khemchand on Sunday has expressed fear of community transmission already taking place in Manipur and called for people’s cooperation in combating COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Speaker’s fear of community transmission taking place in the state was days after an official of the state health department hinted the same.

Few days ago, additional director of state health department Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang who is also the spokesperson of COVID-19 Common Control Room had drawn the attention of the higher authority of the state government to consult with technical experts on the worsening COVID-19 situation in the state.

He hinted of community transmission taking place in the state. However, the Manipur government was yet to make any official announcement on the level of transmission of the pandemic in the state.

Speaker Y Khemchand, speaking at a valedictory ceremony of the community quarantine centre in his Assembly constituency today, the time has come for people to take the initiative as the government alone will not be able to fight with COVID-19.

He said that the death toll due to COVID-19 has been increasing but China, the origin of the pandemic, has managed to cope with it.

Instead of waiting for government machineries, people should come out and take the initiative to fight the virus, he said.

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